BILL CRUZ Bill Cruz is a mosaic of musical influences, a product of the melting pot culture of Miami, Florida. The local press has called him "intelligent and inspired, tortured and cynical, raw and orchestrated, reverent and yet demanding of his audience. He illustrates incredible breadth and versatility as an artist, sharing himself in a very human way." The songs on his debut album for Winebay Records, "Three Shades," are windows into personal experiences that reward the listener with unfiltered emotion, honesty and insight. "I want to directly affect how people feel about their own experiences," Cruz says. "I want them to be able to identify, to interact with the music -- not to be a passive audience." Ultimately, "Three Shades" is cathartic to both the artist and the listener. Emotional and physical distances are explored through poetic lyrics that are hauntingly familiar. "It's about traveling through different phases of your life and coming full circle," he explains. "You stand in a place where you can see where you've been and where you're supposed to end up, but you are very conscious of the fact that, for now, you are exactly where you need to be." Listen to "Solid Ground" and experience this unique artist's sound and perspective.